What About Newt?

Ben Shapiro is a Senior Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center and Editor-in-Chief of TruthRevolt.org. He is the author of the new book "The People vs. Barack Obama: The Criminal Case Against the Obama Administration" (Threshold Editions).


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With all the chaos surrounding the Republican nomination race, one thing is very clear: somewhere along the way, Mitt Romney made a Damn Yankees-like pact with Satan to score this group of individuals to run against.  It is certain that a vast majority of Republican primary voters do not like Mitt Romney.  In fact, we can go further – they can’t stand him.  That’s why he’s never broken 30 percent in any national poll of Republican primary voters.  That’s why Tea Party support has shuffled from Michele Bachmann to Rick Perry to Herman Cain.

Sadly, though, none of those candidates have been a vessel expansive enough to contain the unbridled enthusiasm of the Tea Party movement.  Bachmann’s support fell apart when she began committing boneheaded linguistic gaffes – and more so when Rick Perry jumped into the race.  Perry’s campaign fell apart when he suggested that anyone who did not agree with the Texas DREAM Act was heartless – and more so when he disintegrated in the debates.  Cain’s campaign fell apart when it became clear he was an amateur – although it took the capper of the sexual harassment charges to do serious damage.

With the descent of Cain, the Republican base is still searching the wilderness for someone to carry its standard.  There are only a few folks they haven’t tried.  One is Jon Huntsman.  The former Utah governor will never get their respect or love because of his association with President Obama.  Another is luckless Rick Santorum, the former senator from Pennsylvania who stands for all the right things in all the wrong ways.  His acidic manner – he constantly looks like he’s just sucked a lemon – has sunk an otherwise appealing platform.

Who is left?  Newt Gingrich.

It is clear that Gingrich is the smartest man on the stage in the Republican debates.  Virtually everyone has acknowledged it over and over again.  He is dazzlingly articulate.  He knows the issues inside and out.  Is there any other candidate on that stage that Republicans would trust with Obama?  Gingrich would undoubtedly turn the bloviating incumbent inside out.  As Dorothy Rabinowitz of the Wall Street Journal rightly wrote this week, “The former speaker has stood out at these forums, the debater whose audiences seem to hang on his words and on a flow of thought rich in substance, a world apart from the usual that the political season brings.”  He has done that while avoiding attacking the other candidates on the stage.  And he has done it while keeping his ire squarely on the liberal media and the White House.

But, of course, Newt has baggage.  Lots of it.  His personal life was obviously a shambles – he’s now on his third marriage.  His first wife was his former high school teacher, seven years his senior; he had an affair with his second wife while married to his first.  He then married his second wife; he had an affair with one of his staffers, who later became his third wife.  Practically speaking, this means that in a general election, he’ll have some trouble with the female vote.

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  • Newt? Really?

    Really? Ron Paul has won more actual straw polls than all others combined. Paul has more military donations than all others combined DOUBLED. Paul wins every online poll public votes in, has served in the military, and in Congress for 30testing years, and you don’t even mention his name?

    Paul created what turned into the tea party on the day he raised more cash than anyone in history.

    Paul is the front runner. We have had enough of the lies.

    • thisisit

      Ron Paul, no way. This man will never get elected. He is a nice man, that is all. His foreign policy is terrible.

      • Jackson

        I think you meant to say that Ron Paul's foreign policy isn't captive of the Military Industrial Complex, but it came out slightly askew.

        • Herman Caintonette

          Agreed. Israel uber alles, remember?

          • http://www.dikaesha.pbwiki.com Foolster41

            false and Anti-semetic comparisons of Isreal to Nazi Germany is all the more reason why thinking people should reconsider support of Ron Paul.

    • Ericae

      Ron Paul is hated on this website because he doesn't want to send blank cheques to those shiftless free-loaders in Israel. … so you're wasting your breath.

      • ObamaYoMoma

        Ron Paul is hated on this website because he doesn't want to send blank cheques to those shiftless free-loaders in Israel. … so you're wasting your breath.

        I hate to rain on your Jew hating anti-Semitic parade, but Israel is our most valuable ally in the region because Israel is like having a gigantic military base in the Middle East and also Israel is our eyes and ears in the region as well. Indeed, if we didn't have Israel to rely on, we would have to fund, build, and staff several military bases to replace Israel, while also greatly expanding our intelligence gathering capabilities to replace the extremely valuable intelligence we get from Israel for free, and all of that would cost on a magnitude several times greater than the measly amount of foreign aid we give Israel.

        Hence, what you are saying in effect is that Ron Paul's candidacy is the Jew hating bigots alternative for President.

        • Ericae

          I'd like to respond but the censor/moderator won't let me. So you can go on spouting your stupid load of BS unchallenged.

          • ObamaYoMoma

            Yeah right. The truth is you can't respond.

          • Herman Caintonette

            Viewpoint-based censorship is a staple here. Paul is persona non grata here because he would not countenance the theft of Treasury funds by the terrorist-enabling AIPAC.

        • Rifleman

          "Hence, what you are saying in effect is that Ron Paul's candidacy is the Jew hating bigots alternative for President." – 10 Ring!

          Don't cha know some of those Jooooos are also bankers? We know what the cult of ronpaul thinks of THOSE.

        • Stephen_Brady

          "Hence, what you are saying in effect is that Ron Paul's candidacy is the Jew hating bigots alternative for President."

          Which is confirmed by their almost constant usage of the term "NEOCON", which is anti-Semitic code.

          • Herman Caintonette

            Neocon is your side's word, al-Mossadi.

          • Stephen_Brady

            Mossad? Last I knew, I was a dual citizen of the United States and Deutschland.

            My side? Which side is that?

    • ObamaYoMoma

      Really? Ron Paul has won more actual straw polls than all others combined.

      Rigged straw polls is the only thing that unhinged self-hating kook can win, and who puts any stock in straw polls other than moronic Ron Paul kooks?

      Paul created what turned into the tea party

      Give me a break you kook! GWB morphing the Republican Party into the second-coming of the Dhimmicrat Party is the reason the Tea Party Movement inevitably evolved. Specifically, growing government like a Dhimmicrat on steroids and abandoning Reagan's “Peace Through Strength” foreign policy in favor of Powell's “You Break It; You Own It” foreign policy and endless fantasy-based and counterproductive nation building missions to lift up Muslims, who are our eternal enemy, is what led to the rise of the Tea Part movement, and a self-hating loon like Ron Paul didn't have anything to do with it.

    • Rifleman

      "Paul created what turned into the tea party…" – Really? He got hussein and a dp supermajority elected? What a guy.

    • Ghostwriter

      Ron Paul is living in the Land of Oz when it comes to foreign policy. Let Iran have nuclear weapons? The Mullahs are a bunch of fanatics who would blow up the world if they had their way. Ron Paul would let them do that.

    • Ray Sears

      Ron Paul, are you totally insane ? The only thing crazier then Ron Paul are his followers and supporters !

    • guest

      Ron Paul does not understand the threat of Islam. He thinks we can talk to them and get peace. Like Lord Chamberlain and Hitler.

    • Anamah

      Ron Paul has a very distorted view about foreign policy. And this let us in absolute danger and take out of the play. If it is naive, bad intentioned or suicidal…is for an other day.; Only understanding the reality of the world situation we have a chance to end the problem and solve it.

    • 13Sisters76

      Isn't Ron Paul that crazy guy who wants to "talk" to Iran (yup! They will surely listen to HIM), and chases UFOs between debates?

  • Unbelievable

    It’s unbelievable how many people in media ignore Ron Paul despite the public’s interest. You should find another job, or consider covering all candidates when writing an article where you plainly say “whose left?”

    • martah11

      Ron Paul has some good ideas, but to the majority of the people he comes off as dingy as Nancy Pelosi. –In all honestly, he cannot beat Obama. You have to be realistic & not a dreamer, Unbelievable. We must unite to oust the White House resident.

  • JLHQUICK

    Again Ron Paul is being ignored as a contender. This is terrible because he actually has enough support from the American people to win this election. The reason for that support is that he is the only one that is honest enough to do what he says he will do, and the only one with the right ideas on how to restore the value of the dollar. He also knows that most veterans are sick and tired of being deployed to fight foreign wars that are costing the US over 1 Trillion a year to support.

    • Asher

      Ron Paul will not be chosen because of his lack of sense on foreign policy. Iran's Nuclear capabilities should have been taken out a year ago. The U.S. should have teamed up with Israel and did it when the Time was Right…Now these Radical Islamists are close to having a Nuke…Well Who's sorry now…Hindsight has put all nations in terrible Danger….Paul wanted to allow Iran to develope Nuclear energy….How Naieve and stupid…Its not Nuclear energy, Its Nuclear Weapons….Now they will have Nukes, and Sanctions no matter how extreme are not going to stop them….

  • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

    This article constitutes Jews in the media trying to keep Ron Paul out of the election.

    • voted against carter

      flip,..

      PLEASE remove your asshat prior to posting.

      You are an IDIOT. STOP proving it with EVERY statement you make.

      Stupid LIBRATARD.

    • http://www.pbase.com/shoshanna Shoshanna

      … and Paul's Tin Foil Hat Brigade of supporters grows increasingly lunatic. Following, of course, their leader.

    • Stephen_Brady

      You shoud blame it on the "NEOCONS". Ron Paul's supporters do …

    • Ghostwriter

      Still resorting to anti-semitism huh,Flipside. You never change.

      • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

        Ben Shapiro is a Jew in the Media, and he is trying to pretend Ron Paul is not in the race. QED.

  • jacob

    I'm sick and tired of people like the one signing ERICAE and this FLIPSIDE having ISRAEL always in their sights…
    Now I would like to have any of these two "geniuses" and the rest of their ilk telling
    me whether what the US gives Israel is actually MONEY or loan guarantees (unlike those OBAMA ordered given to his SOLYANDRA pals) WHICH IT HAS TO SPEND
    ON US ARMAMENTS and which it repays in the highest percentage…
    Would they say the same about the billions GIVEN to EGYPT or JORDAN or GOD
    only knows which other countries ????
    WOULD RON PAUL HIMSLEF OR ANY OF THEM SHOW ME WHEN HAS AN
    AMERICAN SOLDIER SHED A SINGLE DROP OF SWEAT, LET ALONE OF BLOOD
    FOR ISRAEL ????????
    As to RON PAUL, let the Republican Party chose him as Presidential choice and
    brace ourselves for another 4 years of OBAMA…
    I firmly believe that if the RNC would have chosen GINGRICH or even ROMNEY
    instead of MCCAIN, any of them would have swept the floor with OBAMA

    • HWB

      Hey CAPS MAN! Weren't you a big fan of palin and mccain not too long ago?

    • fiddler

      We in Ohio were ready to to vote for Romney, then WHOOSH the only one left was middle of the roader McCain.

      PLEASE, watch for shenannigans from those who "cross the aisle" to hand us our candidate!! That's what happened in 2008. McCain's constant straddling of the aisle and aged appearance, coupled with his "pardon me" approach to debating assured the Obama phenomenon.

      WHOEVER and I mean WHOEVER gets this election needs to take no prisoners in the debate. Bore into him verbally with NO apology! Make him quiver and provoke him out of his cool mystique!!! No more "fainting in the aisles!" Time to send this charletain packing!

    • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

      The truth is, Jacob, I can’t read your rant because the caps lock is screwed up. You presume I am an Obama supporter. I am not. Frankly I don’t care if it’s gold bricks, loan guarantees, or Britney Spears CDs that we send to Israel. That goofball Netanyahu has the nerve to hold Knesset on the floor of our Congress and threaten us with exploding buses in Washington DC if we don’t toe his party line. As far as I am concerned, that’s one plane ticket worth of money too much that we gave Israel. Let wealthy Jews finance Israel directly. We don’t need to do if for them.

  • umustbkidding

    Newt is smooth and very articulate, yup. When I'm not listening to him debate I don't like him. I do remember.

    I am sick of holding my nose to vote. Holding our noses and voting is what created the frog in the petridish circumstance in this country. We have been slowly boiled to death with a healthy dose of self indulgence, lack of fiscal discipline both in the home and in government and immorality.

    Vote for this person, they are the lesser of two evils. As a result almost every elected official we have in office is so deprave in their thinking and so far from GOD that we are now a country that represents on giant swirly! The lever has been pulled!

    It's time to get over salesman ship and vote for who is good for this country. Rick Santorum, Ron Paul, Michelle Bachmann, Herman Cain. No one is perfect but settling for another RINO is out of the question. I'm jumping out of the dish, I'll stay home and let Pres Zero win. Di_ing the dea_th of a thousand cuts is out for me.

  • Rifleman

    Mobbed by the cult of ronpaul again, lol. Unlike them, I'll vote for whover wins the GOP nomination (even senile fruitloop ronpaul, if he somehow wins it), but he'll (ronpaul) never get my vote in the primary, or the GE if he runs outside the party.

    • Stephen_Brady

      If he runs outside the party, I'm hoping that my theory about him is correct. That is, that he really has only 200 actual supporters, and others who get excited whenever they hear those 200 supporters yell. That would give the GOP nominee the opportunity he needs to defeat Obama.

      If Paul runs on a third party ticket, and causes another four year of Obama, I predict that … in future years … saying "Ron Paul" will get you the equvalent reaction to saying "John Birch".

    • fiddler

      In my view Ron Paul stepped in it when he said in effect "who cares if Iran has nuclear weapons". That "red flag" eclipsed every other good thing he said.

  • ObamaYoMoma

    It is certain that a vast majority of Republican primary voters do not like Mitt Romney. 

    Romney is by far the most articulate and the best debater out of the bunch. He is also the one Obama and the Dhimmicrats fear the most, but he has one major problem, He is a Mormon and that is the true reason his numbers never seem to rise.

    Indeed, people can't say that they don't want to vote for Romney because he is a Mormon, so instead they spew misinformation about Romney, even though it has been thoroughly debunked, or otherwise they claim he isn't conservative enough. However, Romney was the conservative's candidate in the 2008 elections.

    With respect to Newt, I told someone early last week that Cain was going to go down and that Newt would be the next one to rise, as I noticed immediately the media all of a sudden started paying far more attention to him, while at the same time they were lessening the amount of positive attention paid to Cain. Indeed, the same thing had happened to Cain earlier after Romney had literally destroyed Perry in the debates precipitating Cain's rise. Free media attention, especially to broke campaigns, really has a lot to do with it. It did in 2008, as McCain and Huckabee were the biggest recipients back then.

    I like Newt and think he would make an excellent President. However, considering the baggage he carries and all the skeletons in his closet, I don't know if it is worth throwing all the eggs into the Newt Gingrich basket considering the high stakes riding on the outcome of this election, and its hard to forget that he basically conceded defeat in a global warming debate with John Kerry and subsequently did a global warming ad with Nancy Pelosi of all people, which was heresy.

    Indeed, if Obama wins a second term in office, it will sound the death knell for this country and our lives. Thus, to me Romney is the safest choice.

    • umustbkiddidng

      "Never confuse action and motion" Ben Franklin

      No duh Cain was going to go down. Anyone out side of the "chosen ones" list of the elite Republicans can expect to be attacked from both sides.

      • ObamaYoMoma

        No duh Cain was going to go down. Anyone out side of the "chosen ones" list of the elite Republicans can expect to be attacked from both sides.

        I agree that Cain in due time was going to eventually go down because he was obviously an amateur and because his rise in the polls was largely a product of free and positive media attention, as his campaign was almost broke.

        Nevertheless, see what I mean, no one can publicly admit that Romney's Mormonism is really the issue, so they invent ludicrous theories like the absurd theory you submitted above. Your problem dude is elite Republicans jumped on the McCain and Huckabee bandwagons in 2008 because Romney was too conservative, as Romney became the conservative's candidate. Thus, when McCain won the nomination, it became preordained that Obama would be the next US president, as embittered real conservatives like me stayed home and didn't vote.

        However, in this election there is too much riding on the future to not vote, as Obama must be stopped at all cost, but I have my serious doubts whether Cain with his significant inexperience and charges of sexual harassment looming over him or Newt with his excess baggage and previous heresies can win.

        Indeed, I think Romney would be the best nominee of all to challenge Obama, that is if people can manage to get over their aversion to Mormonism. It's either Mormonism or Obama, what will it be?

    • Rifleman

      His being a Mormon is an asset to conservatives, not a detriment. His problem is that right or wrong, many conservatives view him as a borderline RINO.

      • ObamaYoMoma

        And they cite that allegation exactly because they can't cite Romney's Mormonism.

        • Rifleman

          I just don’t see what’s objectionable about Mormons from a conservative perspective. The left, perhaps, they don’t like anybody with an independent streak, but not the right.

          • ObamaYoMoma

            There are tons of evangelicals and Americans that for some reason or another don't like Mormons. Perhaps like Kennedy did in the 60s, Romney can punch through that barrier, and never mind the fact that all the Mormons I know are very conservative and adhere to strict family values. Personally, I don't know much about Mormonism and I don't care to know as long as they aren't trying to subjugate me via the imposition of Sharia.

          • Rifleman

            All the Mormons I know or have known are also very conservative and adhere to strict family values as well. There are quite a few in the metro Atlanta area. I'm sure bad apples can be found in any group, but they seem to have fewer than most. My parents are Baptist, and they weren't shy about saying they voted for him in the primaries for '08. I don't hear conservatives around here badmouthing them, just some leftists I know.

    • martah11

      …obviously, you aren't from Massachusetts! I an not a Newt person, however, he would debate Obama the best. It this country accepted Barack with his communist & racist associates, then why hold Newt's baggage against him? (Romney is too, too "establishment." His Mormanisn isn't important.)

  • StephenD

    I am with Gingrich but would go along with Romney if he was the candidate. Ron Paul, apart from wanting to isolate America wants to "talk" with Iran; blames American "Imperialism" for terrorists. He is a fool. Or should I say Tool.

    Look at that, I never once mentioned his lack of support for Israel, I'm not a Jew and I still don't like him. Now what you Anti-Semites? What is your reasoning for my distain for him? LOL

  • Eric

    Take another look at Bachmann – this lady believes all the rught stuff but was the focus of left wing media atttacks to try to make her look extreme. SHe has effectively led the Tea Party and was one of the few to stand up against massive "stimulus" that has only dug us much deeper in debt while stimulating big doners like Solondrya. Plus she is pro Israel and understand Islam, foreign policy (unlike Paul and Cain) and ecomonics and ya don't have to worry about her sexually harassing anyone, having past affirs or marriages or being a liberal dressed in a capitalist suit while wearing morman special underwear! She is the real deal.

    • ObamaYoMoma

      Plus she is pro Israel and understand Islam,

      She's definitely pro Israel, but like all the other Republican candidates as well, she definitely doesn't understand Islam. If she did, she would be calling for abandoning the thoroughly misguided “War on Terror,” for implementing a new policy to contain the expansion of Islam, to stop propping up Islamic states in Afghanistan and Iraq, for outlawing Islam and banning and reversing mass Muslim immigration with all of its excess baggage, and for eradicating the ruling Mullahs of Iran and their nuclear weapons program and for also confiscating or destroying Pakistan's nuclear weapons arsenal and nuclear weapons programs.

      The problem is all the Republican Party candidates don't have a clue. Not a single one.

  • voted against carter

    LOL!! seems the ron paul trolls are out in force.

    face palm.

  • mrstarry76

    Great article! Answered some of my questions. Newt has the brains and the experience and I believe he could actually win. I love that he is also shutting the media up somewhat. I will definitely keep my eye on him.

    • fiddler

      I really like his taking it to the "media" as well. Some of his jabs are refreshing after years of knee-knocking of Republicans not wanting to (uuuhhhh!) offend! To me that is assumed guilt, and I and others have had our BELLY FULL of that!

  • Murray Schwartz

    The pro-israeli censors are working overtime on this website!

  • Paul B.

    The disparity between liberal Newt out of office v. conservative Newt in office points to an unmentioned major concern: Newt's core values and consistency. Apologizing for error is a good thing, but it may not be sufficient to warrant future trust. For all we know, we are Newt's fourth wife in waiting, who once wed will then be betrayed like the rest.

    Or maybe Newt's conversion is for real. It all rests, ultimately, on the refuge of having asked God for forgiveness. If Newt has indeed changed course and come of age spiritually, he would be most impressive. He is the only one consistently running a general election campaign rather than sniping and bickering with the other contenders. That campaign has been refreshingly unorthodox in that it is driven by ideas and dialog rather than flesh-pressing and constant money appeals. And of course, he is the most knowledgeable and articulate of them all. One wishes to see him shred the faux-suave lying Obama in debate.

    We will probably find out soon, because the media is about to place Newt under the knife, to see what's inside. We can't expect perfection, but if Newt comes out of this as genuine, we may have the man that can help us turn this nation around.

    Pray.

    • Ericae

      If Newt has been converted to Jesus… he wouldn't be running for president. And you certainly wouldn't vote for him even if he did decide to run. Reason? There are a whole bunch of commandments you are desperate for him break… namely about killing.. bearing false witness and you definately don't want him to love and forgive his neighbour….

      • Paul B.

        Your comment is ridiculous. You need to read your Bible more, particularly passages such as Romans 13, which sketch the proper role of government in controlling evil.

        • Ericae

          Does it say in that there passage that presidents can lie, kill, not love or forgive and essentially do the exact opposite of what god laid out in the 10 commandments and jesus in the new testament?
          Is that what you're saying man?

          • Paul B.

            Instead of bloviating ignorantly, read the Book.

          • Ericae

            LOL… do the same pal.

            It must be terrible to not have any of what used to be referred to in the old days as …. 'common sense'.

          • fiddler

            Okay really, "kill" is better translated "murder" (see Exodus 20). The old testament is full of edicts of capital punishment on its own countryment for various crimes. Romans 12 talks about PERSONALLY taking your own revenge, but right afterward (ch 13 and remember there were no "chapters" and "verses" in the original text), Paul states that the goverment is empowered by God to execute WRATH on the evil-doer. So in Rom 12 it says "leave room for the wrath of God"; in chapter 13 God uses the government as and instrument "of wrath". The Word clarifies itself if you read it in context.

  • BLJ

    Whoever can defeat Obama is getting my vote. If you dug up Saddam Hussien I would vote for him (the other Hussein). Newt would tear Barry a new a-hole in a debate.

  • enoughalready

    I have always loved Newt. He is the most brilliant mind in the country. He is a walking encyclopedia. He was "my guy" in the 90's; my guy when his staff walked out and he was in single digits. I could give a hoot about the Tiffany's account or his 3 marriages….I want a competent and smart President with the gravitas to LEAD and that is Newt Gingrich. Before Perry announced, I KNEW he could not debate (I live in Texas); I knew Cain could not hold his own on International matters; I knew Bachmann was gaffe prone and i KNEW Newt would show everyone he was absolutely REMARKABLE!!

    The Democrats have turned Clinton into a cult hero; Elliot Spitzer has his own CNN show; Barney Frank still sits in Congress; JFK had many mistresses; then there is John Edwards who was heartbeat away from the WH….can't the Republicans get over it!? Do you want to save the country? You'd better get off your moral high horse and get down to the nuts and bolts of turning this thing around or we will lose this Great Republic. You have a choice–moral indignation and moral perfection or saving America….I choose to save America.

    GO NEWT!!!!

    • StephenD

      Here, Here!

    • Stephen_Brady

      Here, here!

    • Asher

      I agree, Newt is by far the most qualified man to be President based on Knowledge, Experience, Skill, and Ideas, hes a Historical Genius, and he knows how to get things done…We need someone smart and skilled to get us out of the Pit Obama and the Socialists have put us in. Look at Clinton's Affairs, Edwards Affairs, Elliot Spitzer and his madams, Anthony Weiner and his exploits on the Internet…Obama's ties to radicals, and Carter's connections to the PLO….All politicians have some baggage, I think Newts are pretty tame compared to the Above contenders.

  • Cicero

    I'm a center-right Independent. You can't win without me. Reading some of these commentaries one might think the race will be help WITHIN the Republican Party. You have to reach out. Newt is smart, but also so arrogant and pugnacious he turns people off in droves and he's no Hegel. He also has enough baggage for a Napoleonic campaign. He will surely alienate a great many women voters and his know-it-all manner will not play well with a great many. You have an excellent candidate in Romney. I, for one, find him far brighter than Gingrich who has the facile mind and manner of many an ex-academician, someting that wins undeserved kudos. Romney has the number one ability we need — he understands the economy and finance, and, secondly, he has taken the strongest position of all on illegal immigration. Where, by the way, has Newt been on that issue? It is absolutely critical to rid the WH of Obama. He is a post-American to whom the national interest is anathema. Don't make the perfect the enemy of the good. Romney will beat the living daylights out of Obama.

    • ObamaYoMoma

      Here, here.

    • enoughalready

      Romney probably will beat Obama but can he win in a debate? I'm not so sure. I am sure that Newt will clean Obama's clock…of that I have no doubt. Newt–I don't know if he will win because of his physical appearance not his substance. The general and shallow public will say, "another white haired crusty Republican" and that is the truth. Newt, IMO is the superior candidate but may well lose to Obama not based on quality or caliber but simply on his physical appearance and stupid voters. How sad. Romney is handsome, has good hair and looks Presidential. I will definitely support Romney if he gets the nomination as will my friends. Our main goal is getting Obama out of the WH and we all know that is the end game.

      • ObamaYoMoma

        Romney probably will beat Obama but can he win in a debate? I'm not so sure. I am sure that Newt will clean Obama's clock.

        Apparently, you haven't watched any of the debates, as Romney is easily the most articulate of all the Republican candidates and yes that includes Newt. Indeed, I have to agree that Newt is very articulate and a very good debater, but out of the Republican field of candidates, Romney is the only one that could easily defeat Newt in any debate. Which further explains why the Dhimmicrats and the Obama campaign fear Romney the most.

        In fact, Newt once jumped off of his own reservation not to criticize other Republican candidates and into the middle of a gang feeding frenzy that was attempting to demonize Romney for Massachusetts' mandate to purchase healthcare and ended up with egg on his face when Romney simply explained that he had gotten the idea from Newt, when Newt had once also previously supported a federal mandate to do the same exact thing, only on a federal basis instead of state level like Romney. Thus, if Romney is a flip flopper, so is Newt. By the way, Romney also got the best of that feeding frenzy as he easily brushed off all their coordinated attacks. The guy is magic in debates. Ask Rick Perry.

  • ObamaYoMoma

    The question is which Newt if he wins will we end up with: the Newt who conceded the global warming debate to John Kerry and then subsequently teamed up with Nancy Pelosi to push that garbage on America, or the alleged conservative Newt, and why won't he reveal his position on amnesty or pathways to citizenship for illegal immigrants? Is he trying to hide something?

    Newt's past history is he likes to reach across the political isle too much and the result when he does is always more liberalism. We don't need to compromise with liberals, we need to reverse liberalism instead ASAP.

  • Woofula

    Newt is the only candidate who actually looks worse when he smiles. That matters in this media-obsessed age. Obama would beat him easily.

    Let's not make the mistake we made in 2008 by recycling a has-been Republican who's been way too cozy with Democrats. Mitt Romney's not perfect, but who is? Romney with a Republican Congress will be fine.

  • Nondhimmicrat

    If you liked Ross Perot,you'll love Ron Paul! Perot gave us 8 years of Clinton and Paul will do the same for Obama. I cant understand why someone really believes that if we're nice to
    those who hate us, they'll be nice to us in return. Paul's ignorance of the Shiite expectation
    that beginning a war against jews and christianity will bring the 12th imam out of that well and bring about the last day, is inexcusable. He stated in the 2nd debate he believes Iran
    just wants nukes for self defense.

    • fiddler

      Yep, I thought that was lame too.

  • 58TROJAN23

    I take issue with your statement that he is the smartest one on the platform. I've seen Santorum work the Senate Floor. He is a champion debater for all that's descent

    • enoughalready

      Santorum is VERY smart–not as smart as Newt but fantastic. Can't for the life of me figure out why he's not further up in the polls. His integrity is beyond reproach. I have nothing but the highest regard for Santorum. He is a stellar individual. Maybe the stars are just not aligned right for him at this time.

      • Herman Caintonette

        Rick Thefrothymixoflubeandfecalmatterthatissometimesthebyproductofanalsex? He's about the only guy you religious nutters have left.

  • Reason_For_Life

    "If he can make us remember what he did while in office and forget what he did while out of office, Newt might be worth more than just a second look."

    The Republican Party has to be desperate beyond reason to even consider Newt Gingrich. "Smartest guy in the room"? How smart is anyone to do ads with Nancy Pelosi advocating slashes in energy production and massive subsidies for unworkable "alternative" energy systems? That' s something that should never, ever be forgotten.

    Get used to four more years of Obama because the clown contingent offered so far by the Republicans can't consistently beat a president with a 40% approval rating. The reason? They're all Obama-Lite except for Ron Paul and Gary Johnson. Johnson can't even get his name on a poll.

    If you want to see what will happen in 2012 simply look at the 1936 election where FDR, a president with 20% unemployment and mass starvation, easily defeated his Roosevelt-Lite opponent Alf Landon. The Republicans were helpless because Roosevelt had merely expanded the policies of Hoover just as Obama expanded the policies of Bush. How can you oppose bailouts when you pushed TARP? How can you oppose increased federal involvement in education and health care when you pushed "No Child Left Behind" and Medicare Part D?

    Of all of the Republican candidates which ones consistently opposed bailouts? It sure isn't Romney or Gingrich.

    The Republicans never change, they always think that they can win with Democrat-Lite. All they do is guarantee Democrat victories and bigger, more intrusive government.

  • terrified in America

    It isn't true that all of Newt's "mistakes" were made when he was out of office.

    When in the House, he voted for the formation of the Dept. of Education, for NAFTA, for giving Communist China preferred trader's status, for GATT, for taking away many millions of acres of land to Federal control in Alaska (and elsewhere, I believe). He's a member of the CFR. The man is a globalist. He may go about it in a less obvious and offensive manner than Obama has, but he'll continue with the plan to take away our soveriegnty, our rights, and the minds of our children.

    Unfortunately, the only two candidates I would trust at all are Bachmann and Santorum, but I believe the media will see to it that they don't get a chance.

    I'm not feeling very hopeful…

  • Reason_For_Life
  • William Bruce

    Overall, this is a good assessment of the situation by Ben. But I just can't get happy about Newt. I still remember being insulted by Gingrich a few months ago when he made it clear that he regards the Tea Party with contempt. Of course, the media is doing nothing now but setting him up so they can take him down like they did to the other candidates. Huntsman is too liberal and Ron Paul is too foolish on foreign policy. The media is trying to destroy Herman Cain but I still see him as the embodiment of the of the kind of integrity, will, and manliness it will take to turn the country around. I hope conservatives eventually realize that he is being smeared by those who do not have our best interest.

    • Maxie

      Cain is dead meat. His blunder on the Libya question finished him. The "Crats have most likely already made a campaign ad using that video. Too bad. I liked the guy but he shot himself in both feet.

  • NotaBene

    I hate to break it to all of you, but Obama beats e sry single one of the GOP candidates in a head-to-head matchup. Romney does best, but he still loses 49-43.

    Obviously that could change, but what’s going to happen between now and Election Day to make that happen?

    • Reason_For_Life

      Nothing will happen and Obama will win. Concentrate on the local races and send budget cutters to Congress. Get a veto proof majority and Obama becomes impotent.

  • fiddler

    Ron Paul says a lot of good stuff, but his cavalier view of Iran and nuclear weapons is alarming enough to be a game-changer for me. Ron Paul should have lived during the isolationist era of the US. Although Mitt Romney isn't my first choice I agree with him and Newt who maintain that a nuclear Iran is simply not acceptable. Ron Paul comes off so irresponsibly and overly simplistic as if to say, "Pretend it isn't there and it will go away!"

    • Reason_For_Life

      What are the chances of Iran attacking the US? What are the chances of a major depression? The real threat is a product of damage and probability. Iran is not as fearsome as 20% unemployment and the collapse of the economy.

      Paul isn't saying "ignore Iran". He's saying there are economic problems whose likelihood and consequences dwarf the threat posed by an economically backward country 5000 miles away.

  • Herman Caintonette

    Newt takes bribes: Newt Gingrich admits benefiting from Freddie Mac fees, defends at least $1.5 million payments, http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/gingrich-l

    "In 2008, Gingrich suggested in a Fox News interview that then-presidential candidate Barack Obama should have to return campaign contributions he had received from executives of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae. He said that in a debate with Obama, GOP presidential nominee John McCain “should have turned and said, ‘Senator Obama, are you prepared to give back all the money that Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae gave you?’”

    Newt blazes new trails in the jungle of hypocrisy. Your kind of guy….

    • Maxie

      You don't distinguish between fees and bribes? Which is it?
      Obama, Raines, Frank and Dodd among dozens of other CorruptoCrats all fattened their wallets bigtime on Freddy & Fanny. Hypocrisy defined.
      And you source the lefty rag WaPo as if it's not part of the Mass Media Ministry of MarxiCrat Propaganda! Lame.

  • ObamaYoMoma

    Anyway for sh!ts and grits, can anyone imagine Rick Perry debating Barack Obama?

  • lisag

    You heard it before the left wants Romney to run. He's been on top the whole time and not a negative peep out of them . The Mormon issue came from a Baptist supporter of Perry. President Obama is weak. He is loosing support all around. The MSM is holding him up and the non country entertainers are stoking his fires. What's so great about a skinny, big eared, smile and tax, abortion loving, pretend christian. Republicans need someone who can stand up to the press, the unions and the democrat party.

  • BS77

    Read Ann Coulter's column about Newt…..Newt and Paul are not viable candidates….only Romney and Bachmann are viable.

  • 13Sisters76

    It breaks my heart to see Cain wither- and it has NOT ONE THING to do with the bimbos looking to do an "Anita Hill" lynching on him.
    Newt wouldn't be a poor choice at all. I have to admit, watching him EAT Obama's LUNCH in a debate would be highly entertaining.

  • Tom Kinney

    Newt's got plenty of baggage, he's arrogant and prone to overstatement and mythologizing. Other than that, he's the perfect candidate. Enough of this pilgrim's search for the messiah of the right. We already have a messiah and it ain't no coincidence that messiah starts with "mess."

    So what he's human? He knows how to work across the aisle and he knows how to blow up those on the other side of the aisle when they don't behave. Plus, he'll kick Obamageddon ass in the debates. That alone is worth the price of admission.

  • Asher

    I made up my mind I am voting for a competent, knowledgeable, common sense man who knows what hes talking about, and knows how to lead America out of the pit we are in. Newt is by far the best man for the job….I don't care about smooth talkers, (We have had one who is also a liar for the last 3 years.) I don't care about looks, and I don't care if hes not perfect as a human being….(None of us are) What I do care about is restoring American jobs, honor, National Security, faith, The Pledge of Allegiance and the Free market Capitalist system that we have all prospered under. The Pettiness in Politics makes many of us disgusted, we are finished with superficial candidates and the Nit Picky Media. Romney would be a good VP for Newt….If We screw up again, on voting for the right man….we are finished as a Republic under Obama! Kiss the USA Goodbye.

  • rayetta

    Quote from Washington Times: Some of the credit for Gingrich's big night should have gone to Congressman Paul, however. Speaker Gingrich drew great applause for his support of auditing the Federal Reserve, something Dr. Paul has supported since his first term back in the mid 70s. Gingrich spoke of the poor monetary policy of the Fed going back to the 90's. This was quite amusing because there isn't any evidence that Newt Gingrich has even had a position on the Fed at all before this election cycle. The Speaker's comments on the Fed were taken almost word for word from other speeches given by Dr. Paul.

  • ObamaYoMoma

    Newt is more articulate than Romney

    Not even close. Romney is the only candidate that could beat Newt in a one on one debate. Romney's problem is that he is a Mormon. Only people can't mention his Mormonism. So they make up lame excuses like he isn't conservative enough, although in 2008 he was the conservative's candidate.

  • Raymond in DC

    Newt wasn't the only one to criticize Paul Ryan's budget. So too, as I recall, did FPM's Daniel Greenfield (aka Sultan Knish), but more for its political tone-deafness in allowing Democrats to blast the Republicans, in effect, for wanting to "kill Grandma".

  • Indio Viejo

    I think Newt is the man to carry forward that idea even if Paul said it first. Some of Paul's ideas are good and some are terrible and must disqualify him for POTUS.

  • The Dangler

    Really??? What part of the Constitution don’t you approve of?

  • ObamaYoMoma

    I don't care who is the better debater between Newt and Romney. The biggest thing is who can beat pres Obama. Newt is solid on every point around the board. It may be unfair, but Romney has Romneycare baggage (if you want to compare a 200 page bill to a 2500 page bill). Plus, Newt can claim to be the person to balance the federal budget.

    Massachusetts' healthcare plan was tailored to the state of Massachusetts' specific healthcare needs and as Romney has repeatedly said ad nauseum, what works in Massachusetts may not work in Florida, Texas, California, Colorado, etc. As his position on national healthcare is that it be left up to the individual states as he doesn't believe in one size fits all federal solutions. He also promises to defund and repeal Obamacare ASAP as well. In fact, if elected he plans to return many things currently handled at the federal level back to the states.

    Indeed, Massachusetts' healthcare problem, which was specific to Massachusetts only, stemmed from 2 to 3 percent of the population that refused to buy insurance and when they got sick, it ended up costing the state tons of money, as the taxpayers had to pick up the tab as always. Hence, a specific solution was tailored to close that gap. However, the specific idea for mandating those 2 to 3 percent of the population to buy insurance provided by the private sector as opposed to buying it from the government came from Newt Gingrich. Indeed, until it became very unpopular, Newt used to champion a similar solution, except the specific solution Newt used to champion was on a federal and nationwide basis, while Romney only supported the mandate because it made sense specifically for Massachusetts only.

    So if you want to condemn Romney for so-called Romneycare, which was a term specifically coined by leftists to try to smear Romney as being the architect of Obamacare, which is ludicrous to say the least, then be my guess, but why aren't you at the same time also condemning Newt, who until it became very unpopular championed the same exact thing, only on a federal and nationwide one size fits all basis? In other words, if Romney is a Socialist according to you, then Newt is a Socialist on steroids. Indeed, I remember Newt doing public service announcements with Hillary Clinton on this specific topic.

    Of course, there was some effort made to try to portray the healthcare solution adopted by the state of Massachusetts when Romney was governor as not being successful. However, popularity for the plan in Massachusetts is 3 to 1 for than against. Thus, that didn't get very far either.

    In any event, which Newt do you think we are going to end up with. The one who conceded a debate to Senator John Kerry on global warming and the one who made a public service announcement with Nancy Pelosi urging Americans to conserve energy to help prevent global warming? Or the Newt that used to reach across the political isle when he didn't have to, to compromise with liberals that resulted in more liberalism? Finally, when it comes to illegal immigration, why does Newt refuse to disclose his official position on amnesty and backdoor pathways to citizenship? What is he trying to hide?

    Meanwhile, Romney has made his official position crystal clear on illegal immigration and amnesty, he is against illegal immigration and all forms of amnesty including all backdoor paths to citizenship.

  • ObamaYoMoma

    Your delusional if you believe Newt is a better debater than Romney and if Romney is a liberal, then why was he the candidate the conservatives rallied around in the 2008 elections? I don't know what you are smoking, but whatever it is, send me some, I can tell that it is really good.

    By the way, which Newt do you think we will end up with? The one who conceded a debate to Senator John Kerry on global warming and the one who made a public service announcement with Nancy Pelosi urging Americans to conserve energy to help prevent global warming? Or the Newt that used to reach across the political isle to compromise with liberals that resulted in more liberalism and pissed off conservatives? Finally, when it comes to illegal immigration, why does Newt refuse to disclose his official position on amnesty and backdoor pathways to citizenship? What is he trying to hide?